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Why Is There a ‘Red Line’ on Chemical Weapons but Not on 70,000 Deaths? – Shadi Hamid | The Atlantic

As evidence of the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons mounts, the Obama administration has further confused matters regarding its own stated “red lines.” The evidence appears to be strong but not necessarily “conclusive.” As the April 25th White House letter states, “the chain of custody is not clear, so we cannot confirm how the exposure occurred and under what conditions.” This sort of rhetoric points to an administration that finds itself cornered but, at the same time, seems intent on postponing any decisive action for as long humanly possible. The debate over whether, how, when, and to what extent lines were crossed not only seems petty (and undermines the very notion of a red line); it is also a distraction.

For more on this story, visit: Why Is There a ‘Red Line’ on Chemical Weapons but Not on 70,000 Deaths? – Shadi Hamid – The Atlantic.

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